Everyone in education is talking about ‘agency’ at the moment. Let’s look at the versions of agency
we might encounter:
Proxy agency – rely on others to act.
Collective agency – coordinate with others to secure what cannot be accomplished in isolation.
Personal agency – act with intention, forethought, self-reactiveness, self-reflectiveness to secure a desired outcome.
Which do you most commonly experience during innovation processes? I would hazard a guess that Collective Agency is the most frequent experience. This is due to the collaborative nature of new ideas and attempting to make them a reality.
If we are relying on other people, we have very little ability to act with intention and purpose.
Implementing ideas may still be waiting for the permission from others. Consider how you might un-couple teams and colleagues enough to have a more open environment for innovation.
Protocols and Practices
- Establish how much agency a team has from the beginning.
- Reinforce the permissive culture within the project.
- Be authentic about follow through and implementing ideas.